The Attorney-General of the Federation and, Abubakar Malami, on Thursday denied knowledge of the circumstances that led to Wednesday’s arrest and detention of vehicle manufacturer, Innoson Motors boss, Innocent Chukwuma.
Some media reports claim the industrialist was arrested at his Enugu residence by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and detained on directive from Malami’s office.
However, the minister while responding to the saga during a news briefing at the State House denied knowledge of what led to the incident as he had yet to be briefed by the operatives.
Mr Malami noted that he was aware of the case involving the indigenous vehicle manufacturer and the GTBank, which he added was being prosecuted in a court.
“In all sincerity, I was not privy to the fact that led to the stated arrest.
“I have not been formally briefed by the relevant agencies but one thing I know about Innosson, I know of the fact that there has a pending case between him and GTBank, which is pending in a court and is being prosecuted accordingly.
“Other than that I am not privy to the fact and circumstances that led to his alleged arrest yesterday (Wednesday).
“So, until I am briefed by the relevant agencies, I am not in a clear position to make any disclosure relating (to) that; thank you”
The arrest of Chukwuma had stirred controversy in the country, leading to criticism by other industrialists, the Senate as well as members of the public on the motives behind it.
Although the industrialist was said to have been released on bail by EFCC, he was said to have demanded from the organization to explain to him why its men came to pick him up from his house like a criminal.